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Amazing Baby Food Jar Crafts

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Have a bunch of baby food jars that you want to repurpose? We’ve looked all over to find the best baby food jar crafts so you can reuse the jars to make fun and beautiful things!


If you have babies or toddlers, you are probably going through a lot of jars of baby food! Maybe you have so many that you can start your own baby food company! Instead of throwing them out, why not make things with them? Since we are always looking for new crafts to make, we decided to look for all the best baby food jar crafts!


Our Easy Bath Paint for Kids fits perfectly into little jars, and DIY Candles is one of our favorite crafts we’ve done recently. Check out our crafts page for more inspiration!

Tips for Making Baby Food Jar Crafts

  • When using glass jars, make sure you clean out the jar and lid thoroughly.  
  • Glass jars can be used in the oven if making a mini cake or pies in a jar just make sure you remove the labels.
  • Do not, however, put jars in the freezer, they may burst. 

Baby Food Jar Crafts


Vases for Flowers

Photo by Beth Liebetrau for Apples & Onions


I love this set of paint dipped jars from Apples & Onions!  They are the perfect little vases for those white tulips. 


Try making a Wood Vase and Candle holder like Make Life Lovely did! It’s totally gorgeous. 

Plant some kitchen herbs in your jars! Herbs look beautiful on kitchen counter and you’ll never have to run to the store for some fresh rosemary or mint! 

Baby food jars can also be used for Planting Wheat Berries – I love this idea from See Jane Blog!

Party Favors

  1. My kids would go crazy for this Unicorn Slime by the Best Ideas for Kids
  2. How cute are these DIY Bubble Party Favors from Chickabug
  3. Crafts by Courtney made these perfect Minion Party Favors
  4. Butterfly Sippers by Stay-at-Home-ista are perfect for a birthday party and you could personalize them to any party theme! 

Desserts in Jars

  1. We adore these Mini Cheesecakes. They look elegant but they are so easy to make! 
  2. Gimme Some Oven shared these Mini Fruit Crisps and I can’t think of a more perfect summer party dessert!
  3. Make some Homemade Pumpkin Butter and give it to friends (or keep it all for yourself, I won’t tell!)
  4. I love these no-bake Mini Grasshopper Pies from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

I love the idea of having Yogurt Parfaits  in mini jars like they did over at Hilldale House. They would be perfect for a baby shower or a brunch party. We recommend having a Yogurt Toppings Bar to go along with little jars of yogurt! 

As I mentioned you can bake with these jars, just remove the labels so it doesn’t burn. I love these Rainbow Mini Cakes by Make Life Lovely! 

Organizing with Baby Food Jars

These mini pin cushions are from Seasoned Homemaker adorable. Perfect use for your baby food jars AND fabric scraps!

This under the shelf storage from Craftiness is Not Optional is, well, crafty! I love to see ways to use space that would otherwise be wasted.

This color coded crayon organizer from Monkey See, Monkey Do is awesome! 

More Useful Things

  1. These Gel Air Fresheners by Dream a Little Bigger are so cool! I had never thought of making my own.
  2. I love this Nail Polish Remover Jar by the genius One Good Thing by Jillee
  3. How cute are these Picture Magnets by Oh How Crafty
  4. These Mason Jar Oil Lamps from A Piece of Rainbow are gorgeous and you could totally make miniature versions with baby jars!

Kids Bath Paint

Easy three ingredient bath paints you can DIY in a few minutes. Kids and toddlers will have a blast painting during bath time and they'll even get clean in the process!


Mini jars are the perfect size to make bath paint in and the best way to store it, too! 

Holiday Crafts

These Halloween Pumpkin Jars from Make It – Love It are absolutely adorable. They can be decor or hold treats in them!


I am impressed by these Turtle-y Awesome Valentines at Consumer Crafts. Clever and fun!

These Lego Valentines in Jars are genius. This idea could carry over for other holidays too! They’d make great Christmas gifts for friends or even be great for Easter! 

Love these simple Valentines from So Festive!


We love these Easter Candy Jars by our friend Amber at Crazy Little Projects

These colorful Topiaries with Jelly Beans in them from Sugar Tot Designs make a fun decoration or Easter gift! 

And these Bunny Jars from Making Life Lovely are so cute! All you need is paint and some white felt.  

Baby Food Jar Christmas Crafts

Baby food jars are perfect for Christmas crafting because they are the perfect small size for DIY gifts! Try making some Christmas neighbor gifts or DIY ornaments with your little jars!

DIY Candles

How to make DIY candles in baby food jars with soy wax and essential oils. These candles make great Christmas neighbor gifts or party favors!


Making your own candles is easier than you think. We love these for neighbor gifts! 

This Cranberry Body Scrub gift idea from Alicia Costa is so smart and I imagine it smells really good! I have this on my list of baby food jar Christmas crafts for this year. Watch the full tutorial on Youtube. 

My kids would love decorating these Christmas Treat Jars from Amber at Crazy Little Projects.

These easy Mason Jar Lid Ornaments from Salvage Sister could easily be made with baby food lids! 

 This Luminary Advent Calendar from our friend Taryn Whitaker Designs is ALL THAT. So classy and creative! 

This snow globe made out of a jar by Craftaholics Anonymous is so awesome! You could make a bunch of these and give them out as neighbor gifts. 

Upcycled Home Decor

I cannot get over this Chandelier by Mother Earth Living.

Or make these Dyed Glass Luminaries from Inspired by Familia – how great would they be out on the patio for summer? 

How creative are these Foam Lighthouses from Crafts by Courtney? They would be perfect in a beach house or if you have a nautical vibe going on in your home decor! 

That’s it! All of these crafts are really clever.  I’m feeling very inspired. You will probably be seeing more baby food jar crafts here at Pretty Providence. Happy eating to babies everywhere!

Pro Tips

  • When cleaning out the jars, make sure you remove the baby food labels while they’re wet. It’s much easier to remove then.
  • Glass jars can be put in the oven, just make sure the labels are already removed.
  • Do not put jars in the freezer, glass can break when frozen.
  • Acrylic paint works best when painting glass.

Which baby food jar crafts are your favorite?  If you make one, share your creations by tagging us on Instagram!


This post was originally published in August 2013 and has been updated with new ideas, photos, a video and more detailed information.

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Baby Food Jar DIY Crafts to Reuse Your Jars

Give your recycling bin a break! Pull out all those Earth’s Best® jars and use these miniature disposables as an awesome vehicle for creativity and fun. Whether crafting with a young child, making something to brighten a room, or give as a gift, there are many ways to repurpose these miniature jars into something more lasting.
Before you begin, remove the labels and use a warm, soapy water solution and a sponge to remove any remaining glue on the jars. Let the jars dry and then get to work on these fun and crafty projects.

  1. Spa In A Jar
    Thank others with a salt and sugar scrub to clean and beautify dirty hands and feet. Coarse salt, turbinado sugar, almond or coconut oil and your favorite essential oil are all that is needed to create this simple and functional gift. Paint the top and cover it with a small canning label to note the contents for the recipient.
  2. Cake Cups
    When packaged in baby food jars no-bake cakes and puddings become a portable and easy treat. These are great for dinner gatherings where guests might want sample several different types of cakes or kid’s parties where portability is important – they’re easy to bring to picnics or event spaces. No-bake cheesecake, pudding cake and ice cream cake can all be portioned into baby food jars and when finished with a bow around the rim make for a table full of beautiful desserts.
  3. Jar Baby
    Using pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes and a glue gun, create a face on the front jar to give it a little character. Fill a jar with potting soil and bury a couple pinches of grass seed in the soil. Set the jar in a sunny location, remember to keep it moist and watch your jar baby grow.
  4. Centerpiece Touches
    Dip the bottom or all of several baby food jars in acrylic paint to create a colorful flair and use them as mini-vases or votive containers for table centerpieces. Perfect for a dinner party or child’s birthday party, these cute accents are more than easy to customize to match your decor.
  5. Spice Them Up
    Skip store-bought salt and pepper shakers for your next camping trip or picnic and repurpose baby food jars into homemade ones instead. Give the jars a coat of paint or stencil “salt” and “pepper” on them, use an awl to poke holes in the tops and you are ready to fill them and go on your adventure.
  6. Water Worlds
    Snow globes are fun to make and a great craft to do with kids. Glycerin, epoxy glue, glitter and a couple of decorations are all that is needed to turn a jar into a fun and glittery world. Small toys make a perfect centerpiece for the snow globe, as do tiny trees and other knick-knacks. Affix the centerpiece object to the center of the lid with the epoxy glue and let it dry. Fill the jar with water, a couple generous pinches of glitter and a few drops of glycerin, close the lid tightly and shake the globe for a wonderfully simple snowstorm.

Published: February 1, 2019

Last modified: April 2, 2019

Dishes from baby meat puree in jars. Meat dishes for children, meat recipes

All kids love fruit pancakes. Even if your family still has one small child, you can cook delicious pancakes for yourself and your spouse. Their feature will be that the remaining mashed potatoes are added to the dough. By the way, both vegetable preparations from zucchini, carrots, pumpkins, as well as meat or berry, fruit preparations are suitable here.


Don't have time to run to the store for cookies for your older child? Do you want to treat your girlfriend to something tasty, but you didn’t know about the arrival before? It will take only 30 minutes to prepare the simplest fruit-flavored cookies based on baby puree. You can also take food made from berries. nine0003

You will need products that can be found in every home:

  • flour - about 2 cups;
  • butter or margarine - 50 g;
  • eggs - 1-2 pieces;
  • sugar - 50 g;
  • baby puree - leftovers;
  • soda - ½ tsp;
  • vinegar - a little for quenching.

Preparing the liver is easy, following these guidelines:

  1. First, replace the dough in the bowl. Butter is crushed with a knife, then rubbed with sugar. nine0012
  2. Flour and salt are gradually introduced into the dry mass. All ingredients are ground.
  3. A whole egg and white from the second is added, the yolk can be left to lubricate the top. Everything is mixed up again.
  4. It remains to put the puree into the mass and add the slaked soda. At the exit after mixing, you will get a dough that can be rolled out.
  5. Dough is being rolled out on a lightly floured table. It can simply be cut into rhombuses, triangles, small squares, or cut out with a mold of asterisks, bunnies, flowers. nine0012
  6. The top of the blanks is smeared with beaten yolk, you can sprinkle a little sugar.
  7. These cookies are baked for about 14-20 minutes.

Spread for toast or sandwiches

And here you don't even need to cook anything. The main thing is to fry croutons or cut a fresh loaf, offer cookies or crackers. And mashed potatoes are spread on top, which will perfectly replace jam or preserves. You can serve breakfast with tea.

Pancake filling

Apple or pear puree will perfectly shade the cottage cheese. By combining the two masses, you get an amazing taste and usefulness curd-fruit filling for thin pancakes. Proportions are not important at all: you can take the product in the amount that is left.

If necessary, sugar or small pieces of fresh vegetables are added to this filling. If applesauce is taken, it is good to add fresh apples. And lovers of experiments can safely cut bananas and oranges into such a filling, it will also be very original and tasty. nine0003


Not every young mother, having a tiny child, decides to cook fruit marshmallow, which takes a lot of time to prepare. Having baby puree will simplify the process. No need to cut fruits, boil them. You can start cooking right away.

  1. A couple of jars of mashed potatoes, from which only a little has been eaten off, are combined in a saucepan.
  2. The mass is brought to a boil, add a spoonful of sugar to it and wait for it to dissolve. Boil no more than 5 minutes if the puree is thick. nine0012
  3. Spread the resulting mass on parchment in a thin layer, send to the oven to dry (temperature 70-80º).
  4. After 3-4 hours, you can roll it into a tube if the layer does not stick to your hands.

If the puree is rare, experienced housewives advise adding a little gelatin dissolved in juice to the puree. However, you need to eat such marshmallow quickly, and from one meal it will be stored for several months.

Puree Soup

On the day your baby is fed, you can prepare puree soup. To add, the remaining food from zucchini, carrots, broccoli, turkey, beef is suitable. Enter into the bulk at the very end, because it is already ready for use. This way you can save vitamins. nine0003

  • face mask - apply a liquid mass of vegetables or fruits (meat is not suitable) on the skin and relax, rinse off after 10-15 minutes;
  • body scrub - add a handful of ground coffee to the puree, mix and apply to the steamed body. It is especially good to use such a scrub for gentle care of open décolleté areas.

And if you don't feel like cooking anything at all or just don't have time, you need a delicious product for your older child or eat it yourself. Sometimes pets love this baby food, but for the first time you need to give them the product with care, like a child. nine0003

Vitamins will not be superfluous for anyone, and there are a lot of them in these jars, so it is so important to know what can be prepared from baby puree. Then not only not a single jar, even a drop of it will be lost.

We offer simple recipes and helpful cooking tips.

Proper and wholesome nutrition is the key to the health and good mood of any child, which is why you need to carefully choose foods for your baby's diet. This is especially true for baby purees, as this is the first dish that a child tries after breastfeeding or artificial feeding. Puree should be prepared only from high-quality and fresh products, be hypoallergenic and not contain artificial additives. Now on the shelves of stores there is a wide selection of vegetable, fruit and meat purees for every taste and budget. However, puree for the baby can be prepared at home using a blender. nine0003

Making your own baby purees has its advantages. Firstly, you will be sure that only the freshest and most healthy products are in the puree, especially if it is fruits and vegetables grown in your own summer cottage. Secondly, homemade purees can cost you much less than store-bought ones. So how do you make delicious, healthy, and nutritious purees that your little one will love? We offer you several simple and healthy recipes for one- and multi-component vegetable, fruit and meat baby purees. nine0003

Vegetable purees

It is best to start with vegetable purees from zucchini and cauliflower. These vegetables are very easy to digest and rarely cause allergies. A little later, you can introduce pumpkin, potatoes, green peas and turnips into the child's diet. Remember that at the first feeding, butter, sugar, salt and other additives should not be added to the puree: this can be done when the child is 1 year old.

Cooking baby pumpkin vegetable puree

Pumpkin puree has a pleasant sweetish taste, so, as a rule, babies eat it with pleasure. In addition, pumpkin is just a storehouse of vitamins: it contains iron, carotene, pectin, vitamins B, C, E, D, PP and even T - a rare vitamin responsible for metabolism in the body. nine0003

For mashing, you need to choose a small pumpkin weighing up to 3-5 kg ​​(small pumpkins tend to be juicier and more palatable and much easier to peel than "adult" pumpkins). First, wash the pumpkin thoroughly and cut it into two parts. Next, cut it into slices - as much as your baby will eat, peel and cut into cubes. Then boil the pumpkin in a double boiler or saucepan: throw it into boiling water and cook for 20 minutes until the vegetable is completely softened. After the pumpkin is cooked, beat it in a blender until smooth. If the puree is too thick, you can add a little breast milk, infant formula, or water. Cool the puree to 30 degrees, then you can feed the baby. nine0003

Cooking baby broccoli vegetable puree

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Vegetable and fruit puree is often the first meal of the baby after breast milk or formula, so many mothers prefer to prepare it themselves. Although modern manufacturers convince us that baby food is devoid of preservatives and harmful additives, fresh vegetables and fruits are much healthier, especially when it comes to infant nutrition. Yes, and cooking baby puree at home is not so difficult. nine0003

Vegetables or fruits?

Let's try to cook for our beloved baby. Despite the fact that pediatricians of the last century recommended starting complementary foods with fruits, it is better to first introduce the child to vegetables - modern doctors and nutritionists have come to this conclusion. Boiled vegetables do not irritate the gastrointestinal tract, are better absorbed, satisfy hunger, do not cause allergies and increased gas formation. In addition, vegetables do not contain fructose, which irritates the pancreas. And one more weighty argument in favor of the fact that it is better to start with vegetables - fruits are tastier, and if the baby tries them first, he will refuse vegetables, because they will seem to him more insipid. nine0003

How to prepare baby vegetable puree

What can baby puree be made of? The ideal puree for the first feeding is from cauliflower or zucchini. A little later, you can introduce pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and green peas. Before cooking, vegetables are washed well, peeled, cut into pieces and cooked - steamed, in the oven or in the usual way, in water. The first two methods are preferable because oven roasting and steaming preserve the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and natural color in the vegetables. And most importantly - such vegetables are much tastier. Some nutritionists recommend boiling vegetables with their skins on before peeling them, so choose your own cooking method. nine0003

If you do have to cook vegetables in a saucepan, use an enamel pot, add less water and dip the vegetables into boiling water. Boil until soft, but do not overcook vegetables and fruits, otherwise they will become tasteless and lose a lot of vitamins. Ready vegetables are chopped with a blender until smooth and slightly diluted with water, vegetable broth, breast milk or mixture to a gruel state, since the child does not yet know how to digest thick food. Small pieces of vegetables in puree sometimes cause the baby to refuse to eat, so the knives in the blender should be well sharpened, and if there is no technique, you can grind the vegetables through a sieve. Salt and spices are usually not added to baby vegetable puree, and if the baby is more than 6 months old, you can put a little butter in the puree. nine0003

A few rules for making baby puree at home

  • Use only fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Water for cooking vegetables must be filtered or bottled.
  • If you are using frozen foods, choose only whole fruits and vegetables as they retain the most nutrients.
  • All utensils for preparing baby food should be perfectly clean, so if the knife falls on the floor, it should be washed well. Also, the presence of pets in the kitchen during the cooking process is not allowed. nine0012
  • Avoid vegetables and fruits high in nitrates such as spinach, lettuce, beetroot, melon and watermelon in the diet of infants.
  • Store-bought vegetables are recommended to be soaked in water to remove nitrates: 1-2 hours for this, up to 24 hours for potatoes.
  • Mix sour-tasting fruits and berries with sweet fruits - for example, blackcurrant goes well with banana or pear. Sour puree is unlikely to please the baby.
  • Give your child only fresh food, but yesterday's puree from the refrigerator is better to eat yourself. nine0012

Handmade fruit puree for children

Children are more likely to eat fruit puree because fruits are tastier and sweeter. Fruits contain a large amount of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fiber and antioxidants, so they are very useful for a growing organism. However, fruits are strong allergens, especially berries, bananas, pomegranates and apricots, so they should be given with caution, watching the child's reaction. The most low-allergenic fruits are apples and pears, so it is better to start complementary foods with them, and then introduce all other fruits. First, the baby is fed with a one-component puree made from only one product, and then you can mix different vegetables and fruits, and not only among themselves. Very tasty combinations of fruits and vegetables, such as apples and zucchini, pumpkins and pears. nine0003

Fruit must be of good quality, without damage, ripe and juicy, and the rules for preparing fruits do not differ from the rules for cooking vegetables. Naturally, fruit puree is not sweetened with honey and sugar - the later the child learns the taste of sugar, the stronger his health will be.

Aromatic pumpkin puree

Babies love to eat because of its pleasant sweetish taste, besides pumpkin is very healthy. It contains a whole storehouse of various vitamins, including vitamin T, which normalizes the metabolism in the body. For pumpkin puree, small pumpkins are suitable, since large fruits are not as tasty and difficult to peel. nine0003

Cut the pumpkin in half, and then into small pieces, one or two of which (depending on the appetite of the crumbs) cut into cubes. Boil the pumpkin in a double boiler or in water for 20 minutes, while warm, beat with a blender to a smooth puree and dilute if necessary with water or a mixture. Add oil and salt depending on the age of the child.

Gentle Broccoli Puree

One of my favorite homemade baby puree recipes is broccoli. This cabbage is extremely useful because it contains potassium, iron, calcium and other valuable substances. It has much more vitamin C than lemon, and the reasons for its nutritional value are its high protein content. nine0003

Separate the broccoli into florets, wash thoroughly and steam for 20 minutes. Cabbage cooks faster in water - fresh broccoli will take 7 minutes, and frozen - about 15 minutes. Broccoli puree does not need much water, it should lightly coat the vegetables. After the cabbage becomes soft, chop it in a blender or pass through a sieve. If you are making puree for children older than a year, be sure to add butter - the kids will gobble up broccoli on both cheeks! nine0003

How to make baby pear puree at home

Pear is a very delicate, tasty and healthy fruit that rarely causes intolerance. In addition to the high vitamin value, the pear has other beneficial properties - it facilitates digestion and removes toxins from the body.

For baby food, choose green pears to reduce the risk of allergies, which are rare among babies. Peel the fruits from the peel and core with seeds, and then stew the pear in a bowl with a thick bottom in a small amount of water for 15 minutes. Let the pear cool slightly and puree it in a blender with a little of the remaining pear broth. For large kids, fruits can not be boiled, but add half a teaspoon of natural honey to the puree. nine0003

Zucchini and apple puree

Little gourmets will love this delicious puree, besides, zucchini is considered the most hypoallergenic vegetables, which, due to their high potassium content, have a beneficial effect on the heart. Apples contain iodine, iron and phosphorus, and due to the high concentration of vitamin C, apples help in the prevention of colds and viral infections.

Wash the zucchini and apples well, de-seed them, cut into pieces and cook in a pot for about 20 minutes, considering that the zucchini will cook 5 minutes faster. By the way, apples are steamed for 15 minutes, zucchini - 10 minutes. Next, vegetables and fruits are chopped in a blender, mixed and brought to a boil. For allergic children, this is the best side dish! nine0003

Exotic mango

Sometimes you can pamper your baby with exotic fruits - for example, make mango puree. This is a very delicate fruit with an original taste, containing 12 amino acids and improving sleep.

Choose only ripe fruit - soft and red-yellow. Peel the mango from a thick skin and a large bone, put the pulp in a blender, add 2 tbsp. l. water and mash it, and then heat it in a saucepan for several minutes. For a baby up to a year old, it is better to give mashed potatoes with heat treatment to facilitate digestion, and older children can be fed raw mangoes. nine0003

Carrot-Potato Puree

Make normal potato puree without oil. Peel the carrots, grate them and stew them with butter and vegetable broth - about 1 tsp is required for 200 g of carrots. butter and 150 g of broth. When the carrot becomes very soft, wipe it through a sieve, and then put it on a plate, put mashed potatoes on the second half. Let the child choose whether to mix two types of puree for him or eat separately!

Pumpkin and apple puree

This sweet, sugar-free pumpkin-apple puree, cooked in a double boiler, is suitable for children who are already accustomed to “adult” food and are able to perceive a new unusual dish. It is better to take a pumpkin with a gray or green skin and with bright pulp - such fruits contain more vitamins and other useful substances. Apples are green because they have fewer allergens.

Cut pumpkin and apple flesh without peel and seeds into pieces, place in a double boiler and cook for 20 minutes. Grind pumpkin, apples and raisins in a blender or by hand with a pusher if the child has already learned to chew. They say that this puree is very good for skin and hair, and you can check the truth of this statement yourself if you start feeding this dish to your baby. nine0003

In autumn, you can take care of preparing vegetables for baby purees. Some vegetables, such as pumpkin, carrots and apples, are stored fresh, and zucchini, broccoli, berries are frozen in small portions, because due to frequent freezing and thawing, vegetables lose vitamins and become tasteless. You can roll up fruit and vegetable puree in jars, but this snack should not be given to babies. Remember that it depends on the taste of vegetables whether the baby will love them in the future, so try to prepare an appetizing and tender puree - for health and good mood! nine0003

Kindergarten cutlets – another forgotten but pleasant taste. The very first experience of meat-eating, which many children like. This is an appetizing choice for young gourmets, regardless of the era of birth and continents of residence.

And it often happens that the love of cocoa, cutlets and pasta from childhood then "turns" into a passion for steaks, whiskey and cigars. But in the abundance of tastes of adult life, there is always a place for the same love for "juvenile" cutlets. Tested on my own daughter! All the details of the preparation of "kindergarten" cutlets are in the culinary report of the Menu of the Week portal. nine0003

The phenomenon of these cutlets was a mystery to me until I asked for a job with my mother. I really wanted to peep the secrets of the "kindergarten" recipe.

I was given a white coat, a change of sterile shoes and was given access to the most delicious "heart" - the kitchen, where from five in the morning they start cooking porridge for breakfast and then "knead" cutlets for dinner. In the kindergarten kitchen, all pots are signed, numbered, and cutting boards are sorted by cooking method. Cutlets "take" their beginning in the raw products workshop. Here, beef carcasses are cut, bones, films, tendons are removed and meat blood is drained. For example, on the day of my “reporting”, 184 children were on food. nine0003

Chef Natalia Ivanovna received almost 24 kilograms of meat. Minus the unusable mass, 18 kilograms went to cutlets. Broth is cooked from meat waste - this is one of the main points in technology. Below I will show a technological map for a beef cutlet - there is a calculation for one serving.

For 200 cutlets, they gave me the following layout: 17.6 kg of beef, 300 ml of vegetable oil, three loaves, one and a half kilograms of onions and carrots, and about half a kilo of breadcrumbs. Of course, no one will make 200 cutlets in the home kitchen, so the layout is reduced by a family of four in the expectation that each will get two cutlets. Well, where have you seen families in which they eat one at a time ?! Two is the minimum! nine0003

  • Total and active cooking time - 1.5 hours
  • Cost - $10
  • Calories per 100 gr - 183 kcal
  • Number of servings - 8 pcs.

Kindergarten cutlet recipe

Ingredients :

  • Beef – 800 grams
  • Baton – 80 grams
  • Milk – 1/2 glasses
  • Onion – 1-2 PC.
  • Carrot - 1 PC.
  • Breadcrumbs – 40-50 grams nine0012
  • Vegetable oil - thirty ml.
  • Salt - taste


Kindergarten cutlets are made strictly from beef. Sometimes from chicken, less often from lean pork. Lamb and fatty pork are prohibited. Although now the pediatric opinion is already actively “walking” among parents that beef is not the best meat for children.

Piggy without fat is still better for a child's body, because the composition of amino acids in the "pork" protein is identical to the human one, and therefore pork is the most non-allergenic meat. Nevertheless, the developers of proper baby food still recommend the “cow”. nine0003

The chopped beef meat is scrolled in a meat grinder three times. The first time - only pulp. The second time - meat and onions. The third is meat with onions and a loaf soaked in milk. Salt to taste. The resulting minced meat is beaten well and form small "heaps".

Minced meat is weighed in parts to make it easier to keep track of the weight of each patty. The requirement in children's institutions is as follows: older children are supposed to be given a cutlet of 70 grams. Taking into account the fact that beef gives 30% “shrinkage”, then the cutlet is formed quite weighty - 100 grams raw. Toddlers get a cutlet a little less. nine0275

From the prepared cutlet mass, oval-flattened portions with a pointed end are calibrated. Each cutlet is rolled in breadcrumbs.

The baking tray is heated to 150-160 degrees. Lubricate with oil, put a little chopped carrots and onions on the bottom.

Breaded cutlets are placed tightly on a baking sheet.

The oven is heated to 180-200 degrees. And bake the cutlets for 15 minutes.

Meat-based infant foods are now commonly introduced at six to seven months, depending on the type of feeding (breast or formula). When the baby is already successfully eating different types of meat, the mother has a desire for the child’s diet, then the question arises: “What is it like to cook a baby for lunch?” nine0003

Home or industrial food: pros and cons

These days, the controversy over baby food won't stop. Some mothers are only for home cooking for their baby, others are only for industrial food.

Of course, in both cases there are pluses and minuses, but everyone chooses for himself what is closer.

The main argument in favor of home cooking is that a mother, like no one else, will prepare food for her child with clean loving hands, without adding products containing GMOs and other unpleasant ingredients. nine0003

Proponents of industrial nutrition pay attention to the fact that at home it is impossible to test products for the content of harmful elements, even if they are grown in one's own country house.

At the enterprises producing baby food, the norms for the selection of raw materials, as well as the processing of products and the hygiene of workers, are strictly observed.

You can be sure that the jar of nutrition is safe food. And, what can I say, it is much easier to heat up ready-made food than to cut, for example, meat, cook, grind with a blender, and so on. What it takes to achieve a homogeneous consistency. nine0003

Another argument in favor of industrial baby food is the long shelf life, which is achieved by sterilization rather than the use of preservatives.

In general, I personally have a point of view that leans towards industrial nutrition, but I respect those who cook their own crumbs.

Cooking for a baby at home from children's canned meat

If the baby already enjoys eating different types of meat, as well as dairy products, eggs, then you can diversify his diet with turkey soufflé, which is very quick to prepare from children's meat puree. nine0003

egg white, 200 gr. baby canned turkey puree, 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp. low-fat cheese, some salt and herbs.


Whip the egg white into foam with a blender or whisk, add finely chopped greens and other ingredients. Mix all products well until smooth. Put this mass in molds for the oven and bake for half an hour at a temperature of 200 degrees.

This soufflé will be to the taste of the baby, as it is very tender and tasty! nine0003

Cooking meat for baby

If you prefer to cook yourself, you can make meat pudding.

To prepare this dish you will need

100 gr. boiled lean meat (can be turkey, veal, etc.), 1/2 cup milk, 1 small piece of white bread, 1 egg, 1 tsp. butter, salt to taste.


Soak white bread in milk. Pass the meat through a meat grinder or chop with a blender, mix with bread. Add the rest of the milk, egg yolk, mix everything until smooth, add salt. nine0003

Beat the egg white to a thick foam, add to the meat and mix.

Divide the resulting mass into molds greased with oil and steam for about twenty minutes!

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Baby food leftovers - Encyclopedia Baby food

Victoria Levchuk©

Offering tons of ideas and recipes for using leftover baby food, as well as tips on how to safely store leftover baby food. nine0003

Store-bought puree can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. At the first feeding, a jar of baby food is opened each time a new one, with the introduction of 2-3 new products, you can store baby puree in the refrigerator for 24 hours and give the baby during this period. The main thing is to let the child adapt to a new product without pathogenic organisms inside the baby puree for the first time, which appear during long-term storage in the refrigerator.

Usually, when a certain amount of complementary foods is introduced into the child's diet, mothers transfer the baby to homemade baby puree, which is prepared every day, after 8-9months - every other day.

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Leftover baby food, both industrial and homemade, can be easily frozen and used within 3 months of freezing. The main thing is to follow all the rules and regulations for freezing baby food, which can be read here. nine0003

And now let's get down to the most interesting part of how to use leftover baby food, we'll describe everything in more detail.


Can leftover baby food be reused? Yes, as long as the product is not a first food and is not contaminated. If the baby was fed directly from the jar, and a spoon that was in the child’s mouth often fell into it, you need to throw away the baby food or finish eating it yourself. Microbes from a child's mouth can make baby food an ideal breeding ground for pathogens. nine0003

If the jar was warmed up with baby food, then it is also better to refuse long-term storage of baby puree. But if the right amount of baby food is laid out with a clean spoon on a plate, and then immediately closed with a lid and put in the refrigerator, then baby puree can be used within 24 hours from the moment the jar is opened.

Leftover baby food can be used within 24 hours or frozen for up to 3 months.

How do I store leftover baby food? nine0396 Homemade baby food is best stored in small containers with tight lids. Store-bought baby food is best stored in the same glass jar it was sold in. It is best to freeze baby food in special freezer jars or ice molds to make small cubes. Once they are frozen, transfer the cubes to a bag and leave in the freezer. Be sure to note the date of freezing baby food.

What can be made from leftover baby puree:

1. Leftover fruit baby food can be used as regular breakfast jam, or simply spread on bread or toast with baby puree. Various spices can be added to these baby purees to enhance the taste, for example, cinnamon can be added to applesauce.

2. Mix baby food fruit puree with oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese or milkshake. Perfect for smoothies, the remains of baby porridge for thickening, will also add nutrition and nutrients. nine0003

3. Add leftover fruit puree to a cake or any other pastry. Baby food adds moisture and extra flavor to the flour product. You can make cookies, cake, pancakes or bread.

4. Use fruit puree as jam and dip crackers or other pieces of fruit into it.

5. Use leftover applesauce to make homemade ketchup.

6. Add leftover vegetable puree to tomato sauce and mix with pasta or use on pizza. For example, zucchini or zucchini baby food pairs perfectly with spaghetti sauce. nine0003

7. Use leftovers to make mashed potatoes.

8. Use leftover mashed vegetables to make zucchini, carrot or other vegetable pancakes.

9. Mix mashed vegetables with rice to make rice balls or rice cakes.

10. Add leftover vegetable puree to the omelet.

11. Add vegetable, meat and fish purees to soup, stew.

12. Use leftover mashed meats to make baby meatballs or baby burgers. nine0003

13. Use baby food puree to make savory muffins with meat, vegetables and cheese.

14. Marinate meat in leftover baby puree for a rather savory dish.

15. Fish complementary foods are ideally combined with cereals, for example, if you mix the leftover red salmon from a jar with boiled buckwheat, you get an amazingly tasty adult dish. Sometimes we just buy a couple of cans of salmon to eat with buckwheat, although we are already big.

Where else can you use leftover baby puree? nine0005

1. The leftover baby porridge can be used as a face mask, or put in the leftovers directly into the bath and take it. For example, oatmeal is good for soothing irritated skin, and is suitable as an excellent light peeling.

2. Mix any leftover baby food with essential oil (a couple of drops) and add a scrub ingredient, mix everything. Use within a week. Sugar, salt, coffee, coconut flakes, tangerine or orange peels, etc. can be used as a scrubbing ingredient. nine0003

3. Use leftover baby food as sensory material, the baby can get used to the textures and feel the food in a small basin.

4. Use instead of paints, give the child a sheet of paper and baby puree, let him draw with his hands. True, the works of the young artist are best thrown away after, and the baby himself is well washed.

Remains of baby food and the older child

Also, do not forget about the older child, if complementary foods are introduced for the younger one, then the first baby can safely finish the baby purees, especially those that he likes. And leftover baby puree is a great way to add some vegetables to your older child's diet. After all, you can do it very discreetly and almost imperceptibly, cook pasta with a unique vegetable puree sauce. Fruit purees can be served to a child with pancakes, hash browns or cookies for breakfast. nine0003

You can serve the puree in a separate bowl for dipping the product, or pour the puree over pancakes or make funny faces, etc. Also, oatmeal porridge with a natural sweetener, in the form of fruit puree, is perfect for breakfast. Moreover, baby puree can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days without loss of taste and quality, the main thing is to follow the rules for use, and the older child who has gone through kindergarten is not afraid of such pathogens.

What else to do with leftover baby puree?

Baby food is perfect for losing weight and sick people who, for one reason or another, need to eat pureed food. After childbirth, women are put on a mashed diet temporarily so that the body recovers. nine0003

Also, do not forget about pets, who will like the leftovers of baby food, not only meat purees, but also vegetable and fruit, the main thing is to offer.

I also heard that fishermen use baby food as bait for fish, mixing it with cereals and other products.

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